March 28, 2014


The two big streams in Richland County are blown out.

Will be no fishing them for 3 days minimum.

Might drive around a little and snap a couple photos to cure my cabin fever.

Crawford County had 1 inch of rain throughout.  All water blown out.

March 27, 2014

Unexplained Hollowness

Near the end of September each year I get this feeling of loss.  There is an unexplained hollowness inside me. For the longest time I could not understand why.

My medical problems as of late have caused those feelings to be even worse.  I sat down last night and mourned my lack of being able to go fishing because of my knee and back problems over a couple beers.

It wasn't just the fishing I miss.  I missed the December scouting trips.  I miss the virgin snow.

The outdoors serves as a battery charger for my soul.  I have been bashful about testing my knee and back for fear of re- injuring them.

I have decided to go fishing tomorrow and dam the consequences. I do not want to risk not seeing the new pine cones budding.

My life would be quite hollow if I could not see the first blossoms on my favorite plum tree grove and smell it's amazing aroma.

I don't know what I would do if the door to the outdoors was ever closed for me.  I would wither away and cease to exist.

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."

 - Henry David Thoreau

Almost Ready

Have been wearing my knee brace for three weeks straight.  My knee is sore where it hits.  Not going to wear it today and see how it feels.

March 25, 2014

Fishing This Weekend?

Saturday is the day to go.

Sunday will have severe runoff problems.

March 23, 2014

Pearl Swiggun 100 Years Old

Pearl celebrated her birthday on Sunday March 23rd with family and friends at Sannes Nursing Home in Soliders Grove.  Pearl's actual 100th birthday is 3/24/14.

Cabin Fever

The Chicago Troutbum Returns

Chicago Troutbum

Ran into Dave Heyman and his crew at Country Garden Bar and Grill last night.

Keep a close eye on his blog for their trout adventures.  These anglers are hardcore.